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Stress Testing

Think of it like a cardiac stress test. The heart is benchmarked under normal conditions, and then observed under extreme stress.

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Stress testing targets a site’s breaking point. The site is given more users and data than it can handle to see how it responds. The amount of stress applied is considered abnormal, but it’s very important to understand how your software responds. Or more importantly, how it recovers. Think of it like a cardiac stress test. The heart is benchmarked under normal conditions, and then observed under extreme stress. The data gathered can point to various possible problems. The same occurs during a software stress test.

The primary goal is to validate the availability and error handling under heavy loads. While performance testing focuses on the response time, stress testing pushes the software to a level where one or more processes actually fail. These failures cause insufficient resources (memory or space) and the application is evaluated on how well it handles during such a situation. The goal is to make sure the system doesn’t completely crash, offers correct and appropriate error messages, and is able to eventually recover from the stress in a timely fashion without significant downtime.

This type of performance testing should always be done with trained professionals who know how to understand and evaluate the results. QA Mentor’s QA Performance and Capacity Planning service, as well as our QA Performance Engineering & Optimization can help you find your site’s breaking point so you can fix inadequacies prior to release.

How we do it

  • Determine the definition of normal and heavy loads for your application
  • Determine the definition of normal and heavy data transfer for your application
  • Design tests to greatly exceed the definition of ‘normal’
  • Perform tests, log benchmarks, and gather vital data
  • Provide a report of testing results


If you’re ready to take the next step and let QA Mentor help you with your NonFunctional Testing

Benefits to a Customer

  • Early identification of recovery issues
  • Quicker start for scalability plans
  • Money saved by identifying load issues before the customer is impacted
  • Peace of mind and confidence that your system can handle real world usage

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